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 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

If the FSM search function can be trusted - and it can't - we have no thread devoted to the great Oliver Reed.

So let this thread serve as a humble altar to Oliver, where we can talk about his films, his acting, his look, and his bar tabs.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

He lived across the road from me for a while when I was doing summer jobs, so I witnessed a few of his garden parties. The problem is, I'm honestly not sure if I can tell stories about what I saw without fear of legal action - even if the stories are true. If Ollie's friends and family see something about him here that they don't like, can they prosecute?

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

How about some of his appearances on UK talk shows? I gotta go check YouTube.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

He lived across the road from me for a while when I was doing summer jobs, so I witnessed a few of his garden parties. The problem is, I'm honestly not sure if I can tell stories about what I saw without fear of legal action - even if the stories are true. If Ollie's friends and family see something about him here that they don't like, can they prosecute?


Build the legend! What would HE have wanted?

This is a bit spooky, I was surfing Ollie items just yesterday. Some sod here has access to my cookies!

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

He lived across the road from me for a while when I was doing summer jobs, so I witnessed a few of his garden parties. The problem is, I'm honestly not sure if I can tell stories about what I saw without fear of legal action - even if the stories are true. If Ollie's friends and family see something about him here that they don't like, can they prosecute?

I'm a lawyer. No, they can't.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

What about this great acting masterclass?:

https://youtu.be/OmnK0ty0RBE

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Thread title adjusted to demonstrate the respect that Oliver Reed demands.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

Some sod here has access to my cookies!

If only I had access to your cookies, sunshine, there'd be crumbs all over the place. wink

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

Thread title adjusted to demonstrate the respect that Oliver Reed demands.

Dammit! I thought this thread was going to be fun, and you know what? Ollie would agree.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

https://youtu.be/2pMpyHhxGlo

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I prefer his more thoughtful work in Ken Russell's early work, like DANTE'S INFERNO (1967), the story of Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, though even in that, he displayed his over-the-top approach to acting. And check out his CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961), wherein his intensity was already in place.

Reed had a cinematic presence that promised sometimes sudden anger. Moody and massive, Reed always seemed on the verge of a rage, which, considering his more or less constant drinking, happened pretty often. It's really too bad that he quickly reached the point where he was better known for his alcoholic rages than his acting performances.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

He was great, & a beautiful speaking voice as well, & should have been a big star of the seventies (he had a huge screen presence), but he just pissed it all away.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Thread title adjusted to demonstrate the respect that Oliver Reed demands.

Dammit! I thought this thread was going to be fun, and you know what? Ollie would agree.


Thread title adjusted again.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

This is a nice little insight into the 'performance' reality of apparently spontaneous interviews:

https://youtu.be/bYz-zbt2Q0k

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

check out the book HELLRAISERS by Robert Sellers for an encyclopedic summary of his debauchery!

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I prefer his more thoughtful work in Ken Russell's early work, like DANTE'S INFERNO (1967), the story of Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, though even in that, he displayed his over-the-top approach to acting. .

Say what????
Reed was an underplayer as an actor. Maybe you are confusing him with Peter O'toole?
brm

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

He was great, & a beautiful speaking voice as well, & should have been a big star of the seventies (he had a huge screen presence), but he just pissed it all away.

He was originally supposed to play the reporter in THE PASSENGER
It went to jack Nicholson

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I understand a vol. 2 of KEN RUSSELL AT THE BBC is coming.
Any info?
b

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

You Tube is full of Ollie videos. This thread could go on for quite a while.

"Let's see if you can act with your bowler hat." wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjc6Fn9cE2g

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2017 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I always really liked Oliver Reed. I've never read any biographies about him, nor have I delved deeply into his life story or anything, but he's just so utterly fascinating to watch and listen to - in films and in the multitude of YT clips which abound.

I have no facts to back up my theory, but I get the impression that he was actually, deep down, somewhat insecure. He could be an absolute bastard (I talked to taxi drivers who used to take him home from the pub), and he could be totally charming, disarmingly so, but the overriding feeling I have is of a man who was in many ways a child that never quite managed fame. Take that, official biographers!

Since the lawyers seem to be busy with more important things, I'll go on with my tasty stories about "living across the road from him". But I warn you - there's nothing remotely scandalous here. Booooring! I just wanted to check the waters earlier. Anyway, I used to have a second floor bedroom rented for the summer months in the early '90s, and it was directly across the lane from Ollie's house. Ollie's house was pretty much protected by high walls or hedges for most of its perimeter, but my bedroom window was just high enough for me to see a corner of his beautiful garden, where I witnessed toffs imbibing in the summer sunshine, acompanied by a bevy (bevvy?) of young beauties, etc etc... but very little of the great man himself.

TO BE CONTINUED -

 
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